Letters to the Editor

Destroying morality of society, destroys it completely

July 29, 2014 — 

Your article “Multitudes attend SF Gay Rights Parade” triggered memories as I grew up in San Francisco and saw the beginning of the “gay and lesbian” community.

My feelings at that time were that these people lived a different lifestyle than I did.

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Consider who we are voting for and what they support

July 26, 2014 — 

The new slavery or hegemony is defined as the authority or control by one political group over society or one nation over others. With the passing of the Fourth of July weekend, it seems appropriate to consider whether slavery has ever disappeared. Although it is not why we celebrate the Fourth, but a relevant question to be pondered.

Some will say that it is confined to the descendants of black slaves; others will contend that the influx of illegal aliens defines the new slavery. My contention is that we are all suffering from the new slavery. Whether it be lack of jobs or lack of benefits in the few remaining low paying jobs, our families are paying the price. We have been more or less forced to take unemployment, food stamps and various other government hand-outs. So, we are now the slaves of the government, and it has turned into a multi-generational problem.

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Now it’s Grass Valley’s turn for a bag ban

July 26, 2014 — 

I congratulate Nevada City on their recent adoption of a bag ban, and I encourage Grass Valley to follow their lead.

Nevada City’s ordinance bans plastic bags in all stores, and requires a 10 cent fee for paper bags in grocery stores; unfortunately, Grass Valley’s ordinance under consideration does not include a fee on paper bags. This would be a bad decision for many reasons. Both cities are the primary commercial districts for Nevada County and it’s logical for them to have the same ordinance as it avoids confused costumers and upset store owners. Also, local grocery stores welcome the fee because paper bags cost more than plastic, and could easily make a dent in their income.

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The Republican party of the past

July 26, 2014 — 

Apparently the Nevada County Republican Party has passed a “resolution” against the marijuana ordinance Measure S.

Deborah Wilder, speaking for the NCRP, states that: “These plants put out extremely strong odors, the growers typically use extra strong fertilizers and frequently place poisons on or near the plants, killing wildlife and contaminating soil and ground water.”

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Square dancing is good for your health

July 25, 2014 — 

Looking for a fun way to exercise? Want to meet new friends? How about some laughter in your life?

Did your doctor tell you to be more active? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then square dance is the answer.

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It takes a community...

July 25, 2014 — 

Nevada City Rotary wants to acknowledge a few local people for painting and repairs to our Treat Street Booth at the fairgrounds.

Michael Heistand and Mike Hoglund donated their time to repaint our walk-in refrigerator and inside of our booth, with paint donated by Knights Paint and Moule Paint.

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They are just people

July 23, 2014 — 

There has been a lot of talk lately about homeless people. I have been a volunteer at Hospitality House/Utah’s Place since October of 2005. I have seen many homeless people come and go.

I have also volunteered with the biennial homeless count and interviewed homeless people who do not use the shelter.

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby focused on ‘revenue-neutral carbon tax’

July 23, 2014 — 

Troy Rampy wrote a heartfelt plea asking readers to take climate change seriously and seek solutions to stop the juggernaut. However, climate change advocacy’s first rule is: give the public hope the problem can be fixed.

If writers leave us hopeless and desperate, we’ll shut down, doing nothing.

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Emphasize the good in our community

July 23, 2014 — 

Crime and mug shots on the front page are out of place.

Susan Perry is correct. Nevada County is a living place, warts and all. But why give the warts front-page space. Most, if not all of the crime being reported is drug related and frankly they are just “losers.” More than 85 percent of the crime in a community is committed by less than 2 to 3 percent of the population. There are too many other great things that happen in our community and great people making them happen.

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The danger of cell phone towers

July 23, 2014 — 

Thank you for publishing David Moyer’s editorial. Finally some information about the real danger of cellphone towers! Our entire society is being bathed in EMF and microwave waves. The statistics on brain tumors are being manipulated in much the same way that the cancer statistics from smoking were skewed by the cigarette companies in the 1950s. An expert online on the effects of EMF is Dr. Manfred Doepp, and there is lots more available. EMFnews.org has more.

So I believe there is a lot for the Lake Wildwood area to consider.

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Why vote when the judges decide

July 23, 2014 — 

To the writers and reporters who keep asking why more people don’t get out and vote, I’ll tell you why.

People don’t vote much anymore because when the majority of the voters elect something or someone, some judge or judges overturn it if they don’t like it.

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Thanks for help on site of crash

July 23, 2014 — 

I’m awfully late with this, but I would like to thank all the people who stepped in and helped my son when he had an accident on Highway 49 out of North San Juan.

There were a couple of very helpful young men on the Cal Fire truck, CHP and a lot of people he didn’t even know and the tow truck driver. Thanks to the neighbors that all helped to let me know.

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Medical marijuana: a good idea gone bad

July 22, 2014 — 

I am sure there are some people who legitimately need medical marijuana. However, the present medical marijuana situation is a farce. I personally know someone who got a prescription for PMS and someone else who got one because his back “hurts sometimes.”

Anyone can get a prescription for anything. Many of the people who get prescriptions also get them from their friends and then have enough prescriptions to grow many plants, which are often sold illegally, not to medical patients.

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How about some health care solutions?

July 21, 2014 — 

When Patrick Wagner stated in his “Other Voices” column (July 1) that “an author I am not,” he hit the nail on the head.

He also stated that he was writing as if his audience was a group of eighth graders, but even though I have two college degrees, I have little idea what he was trying to say in his column. One thing was clear: Dr. Wagner is unhappy with the health-care situation in our country.

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Thanks for support shown at parade

July 21, 2014 — 

The Nevada County LabelGMOs Campaign wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all the participants and spectators who came out for this year’s Fourth of July Parade in downtown Nevada City, co-sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Grass Valley Downtown Association, and Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. With a Bee painted art car, Free The Seeds banner, and lots of little ones with wings, we took third place for “Best Marching Group” in the parade!

Appreciation goes out to the volunteers who walked with us and distributed Moms Across America brochures, helping to continue education for labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs). And to all those who carried signs and banners, a heartfelt thank you. Special kudos to Alexis Gandara, Banner Grange #627, RAFTT, and BriarPatch Co-op.

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Hobby Lobby decision goes against Constitution

July 18, 2014 — 

Impeach the Supreme Court, Citizens United, McCutcheon and Hobby Lobby 5. No company should force their employees to not be covered for birth control, etc., due to their own religious beliefs. I feel this is not right and against the constitution giving the right for woman to choose what is right for her own health and body.

Marian Farris

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BRHS FFA fundraiser a success

July 18, 2014 — 

The Bear River FFA Ag Boosters would like to thank everyone who supported the 14th annual Fundraiser Dinner held on June 13 at the Higgins Lions Community Center.

This fundraiser supports the students in the FFA Ag Program at Bear River High School by helping pay for travel costs to competitions held throughout the state and to augment the costs of materials for the shop.

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Don’t turn a blind eye to the homeless

July 18, 2014 — 

I am part of a group of church members in Grass Valley that feed the homeless in Nevada City. I have been feeding and providing necessities to the homeless for three years, as I could no longer look the other way.

As I feed these homeless individuals, I feel enormous compassion for them. Imagine waking up or going to sleep with an empty stomach and spending the night in the woods or in your car. Sometimes the weather is brutal and you are very cold or wet from the rain. Also, you need a bathroom to wash up and take care of your personal needs.

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Outdoor Events Ordinance devastating hit to local wedding industry

July 18, 2014 — 

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has been overwhelmed with concerned responses from our members, Grass Valley Chamber and their members, and NCWeds, our local business group representing the wedding industry (and we don’t use that term lightly), to the recently proposed Outdoor Events Ordinance.

Our community is one of the top outdoor wedding destinations in the State of California, and this local business is estimated to contribute up to $50 million or more annually to the local economy.

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Kudos for in-depth drought coverage

July 18, 2014 — 

On behalf of our board of directors and the entire team here at Nevada Irrigation District (NID), I would like to thank and commend The Union for your July 12 in-depth coverage of the drought and how NID is working to manage our limited water supplies.

It is very important that everyone in our community be aware of the drought and the need for water conservation. Remember, we’re asking that everyone reduce water use by 20 percent until the drought is over. If we all pitch in, we’ll be fine.

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Gaza bombarded by American munitions

July 17, 2014 — 

Israel’s catastrophic bombardment on Gaza — the killing and maiming of civilians using American munitions (one of which is called DIME) — Israel refers to as “mowing the grass.”

The killing of three Israeli settler youth, which was known the first day of their abduction because one had called on his cell phone and then three shots were heard, was put under gag order while the Israeli government went on a rampage arresting, demolishing Palestinian homes and whipping Israelis’ into a frenzy, ending when a Palestinian youth was abducted and burned alive.

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After long search, new patients find doctor

July 17, 2014 — 

I found the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital article in the Healthy Tuesday section of July 8 perplexing. While it is admirable that they have joined up with Healthgrades, I don’t see it as being notable.

Healthgrades has been available online for quite some time and one can find most doctors on their site. What one can’t find on that site is what insurance the doctor is affiliated with, and if the doctor is accepting new patients.

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Open letter to supervisors on outdoor events ordinance

July 17, 2014 — 

The Grass Valley Downtown Association has concerns over the proposed ordinance limiting the number of weddings and other events at outdoor venues.

While we understand that everyone needs to be a good neighbor, we want to make sure the Board of Supervisors understands the potential impact of this resolution to the overall economy of Grass Valley.

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The kindness of strangers

July 15, 2014 — 

Thank you to the wonderful, honest person who found and turned in my lost wallet on Monday, July 1, at RiteAid.

All I could think of was the horrors I have heard about identity theft and all the calls I would have to make. It is so inspiring to know that there are still a lot of good people like you in this world. I am most grateful.

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Movie in the Vineyard: perfect evening in a perfect setting

July 15, 2014 — 

A big thank you to Lucchesi Vineyards who hosted the movie “SOMM” at their hilltop venue in Grass Valley and to the guests who brought picnic suppers, sipped wine and enjoyed a delightful sunset.

The movie took us on the journey to becoming a Master Sommelier — such dedication!

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U.S Postal Service deserves more support

July 15, 2014 — 

A recent writer was expressing his disappointment in the United States Postal Service and his belief that we would be better served with a private company like FedEx or UPS delivering our mail.

FedEx and UPS both have a couple of major advantages over the United states Postal Service.

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Compassionate care from a stranger

July 14, 2014 — 

My brother, who has dementia, walked away from our home yesterday afternoon. My mom noticed he was nowhere to be seen so I drove around the neighborhood in one car and my other brother and husband did the same in another car.

Finally, my husband came upon a wonderful lady in a Subaru who had my brother in her car. Miraculously, my brother was able to point out our car to her and she was able to hail my husband. Sherry followed my husband to our home, where she explained that my brother had fallen in the street and sprained his ankle. She saw him struggling, managed to get him into her car and was able to recognize pretty quickly that he had dementia.

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Got a problem with the Tea Party?

July 14, 2014 — 

In George Boardman’s recent column (July 7, Supervisors deserve a living wage), He wrote, “Perhaps for the first and last time, Eddie Garcia of the Nevada County Tea Party agreed with him (Terry Lamphier). Obviously, Mr. Boardman does not know Eddie Garcia as I do. Many times Eddie has told me how much he likes Terry and appreciates his openness and his willingness to work with all sides.

When Terry was first elected to the board of supervisors, I invited him to speak at a Tea Party function. He was warmly welcomed and stayed around until everyone had the opportunity to ask him questions.

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The importance of clean water

July 14, 2014 — 

Summer is here and many of us are heading out to spend time on the water. We should be glad the Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed a long-overdue rule that will safeguard water quality across the country.

This “new” proposal is really an old one: it simply clarifies which bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act. The proposal will restore federal protections to 2 million miles of streams — waters that provide drinking water to 117 million Americans and vital habitat for wildlife.

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Seeing a movie down the hill

July 13, 2014 — 

We hear so much about “buying local” that I wonder why the owners of the local movie theaters have declined to play “America, Imagine the World Without Her,” in spite of it being a box office success and having received many resident requests to show it locally. Unfortunately, this gives Nevada County residents no other choice but to go “down the hill” to view the movie and perhaps pick up a few other items that we might have otherwise purchased locally.

Sue Jeffrey

Grass Valley

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